COVID-19 has left many in our community and the world mourning the lives of loved ones. Today we’d like to recognize and remember a special person in the market community, Dr. Harold Wilkins, who passed away last Thursday due to complications from the virus.
Harold and his partner Bryan joined the market as vendors 13 years ago with Gold Finch Flower Farm. The farm was a retirement project for Harold who had been a distinguished plant breeder and professor of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota.
Much more than a vendor, Harold made many friendships and connections as he artfully arranged bouquets and shared conversations at the market on Saturday mornings.
“Harold spoke the language of flowers. People loved his special touch with bouquets and his sweet and funny gestures he playfully engaged in, which brought so many smiles to our faces. He knew and felt the importance of the special place the market held, and he gave it his all.” – market founder Brenda Langton
We encourage you to read his story and share your own stories of Harold. We find comfort in these memories, reflecting on his meaningful life and knowing others are missing him too. We are sending love to Bryan and so many others in our market community who are impacted by this loss.
Star Tribune remembrance of Harold; January 2021